5
$\begingroup$

I'm sure it's a function of atmospheric entry angle, meteorite mass (and possibly composition/density), and its velocity, but what function is it?

Above all, how does it depend on velocity? Will the slower meteors impact more often (less kinetic energy to dissipate) or the fast ones (less time spent in the atmosphere = less time to melt and evaporate all the way through)?

$\endgroup$
4
$\begingroup$

Your first resource here can be the impact effects calculator, It can show you when it is likely that a high velocity impact will occur. Somewhat surprisingly, faster objects are less likely to hit the ground at hyper-velocity, as they are more likely to break up and explode at altitude. They will likely form multiple meteorites, as the Chelyabinsk meteor did

If you are interested in meteorite formation, rather than craters, then most impactors will in some part survive the fall, provided they are rocky rather than icy. Objects smaller than 5cm are mostly cometary in origin. Larger than that and they are more likely to be rocky.

| improve this answer | |
$\endgroup$

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.